Words and photos by George Lucas
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It all started in 1975 when my dad drove my brothers and myself to the local Yamaha shop. He bought us three new bikes - a YZ 80, a GT80 and a DT175. From that day on I was hooked. After my DT 175 I graduated to my first mx bike, a 76 Yamaha MX 125. Then it was a 78RM250,1980 YZ 465 and so on.
In 1990 the EVMR (Eastern Vintage Motocross Racing) started, that's when I got involved with vintage MX. I thought it would be cool to race an old bike again. So, I decided to buy a 1975 CR125. I never rode one when I was a kid but, always wanted one.
The bike came from California and it ran and looked OK. For $500 I was happy. I purchased Works shocks, Webco head, X-Up swing arm and DG pipe. The bike always ripped and pulled my 200lb ass around the track with no problem.
In 1992 while leading the Vintage National in Muddy Creek TN the bike blew up. It was axle deep mud and I had the throttle pinned climbing a hill and that was that. I ordered all the new parts to do the engine build -crank, rod, clutch etc. but never rode the bike again.
While cleaning out my dad's garage in November of 2010 I found the boxes of parts and bike lying against the wall. That's when I decided to rebuild it. I gave the motor and suspension to my friend Mickey Kessler of Kessler Pro Suspension to rebuild. While Mickey was doing that I began on the chassis.
While looking at Trey Canard's works Honda I decided to do a concept build. I wanted this bike to look modern and different from the rest. I had the frame powder coated white with new red side plates and plastic tank. The triple clamps where powder coated metallic red with handle bar risers. The fenders are NOS aftermarket Pacificos. To keep with the modern trend I purchased a 32mm flat slide carburetor, wide foot pegs and billet brake arm.
The clutch cover, hubs, backing plates where powder coated in a textured black. In the sun it has a metallic look which looks cool. New excel rims with stainless spokes were laced to the hubs. Bridgestone tires where then installed to get the bike rolling.
Last was the graphics. I contacted several graphic companies but none were interested. Mickey Kessler turned me on to Rich Dombey. Rich has done a lot of work in the MX industry and was glad to handle the job. The graphics came out great and were the finishing touch for that modern look.
Overall I'm really pleased with the build. I recently entered the bike at the Nesco MX bike show, received rave reviews and took 3rd going against several $7,500+ restorations. Future plans are to show and enjoy the bike. My next concept builds are a '78 RM 250 and '76 YZ 175.